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The percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on state reading, math and science tests exceeded statewide averages for all grades tested in spring 2017, according to results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Series III (MCA-III) released by the Minnesota Department of Education Aug.7.

These tests are given annually in reading (grades 3-8 and 10), math (grades 3-8 and 11) and science (grades 5, 8 and high school, after completion of the life science curriculum). More than 14,500 District 196 students took the MCAs last spring. Results for individual students will be mailed to parents this fall.

The MCAs measure student performance on the Minnesota Academic Standards, which define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade. Students earn a score in one of four achievement levels: 1) does not meet the standards; 2) partially meets the standards; 3) meets the standards, and 4) exceeds the standards. Students who meet or exceed the standards are considered to be proficient in the subject area.

Compared to 2016 results, the percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on the MCA reading, math and science tests stayed about the same for all levels tested. District results for 2017 are shown in the tables below. Results for every district and school in the state, from 2013 to 2017, are available on the Minnesota Department of Education website via the Minnesota Report Card tool located within the data center tab.

2017 MCA-III Results in Reading: Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
District 196 64.7 62.6 72.2 69.5 64.1 68.7 72.8
Statewide 56.5 56.9 67.5 63.4 57.5 58.7 60.3
Difference 8.2 5.7 4.7 6.1 6.6 10.0 12.5

2017 MCA-III Results in Math: Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 11
District 196 75.1 73.2 63.5 64.8 62.6 65.9 68.2
Statewide 68.1 66.7 57.1 55.2 54.9 58.0 48.3
Difference 7.0 6.5 6.4 9.6 7.7 7.9 19.9

2017 MCA-III Results in Science: Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 5 8 High School
District 196 68.0 61.1 74.3
Statewide 59.9 45.7 56.1
Difference 8.1 15.4 18.2

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